According to Hasbro, “one of the world’s largest toy manufacturers, has stepped up its sustainability game and is phasing out all plastics used to package its toys and games by the end of 2022. phasing out plastic from new product packaging, including plastic elements like polybags, elastic bands, shrink wrap, window sheets, and blister packs.3D printed toy designers should ramp up their knowledge about alternative sustainable materials.”
According to Mashable shop and Yahoo finance,” You may have had some fun toys growing up, but even the most nostalgic adult would admit that the Toybox 3D Printer blows their childhood toys out of the water. Designed as an easy-to-use, 3D printer for kids, ToyBox empowers kids to design and print their very own toys—no adult assistance required! It can be controlled with simple one-touch functions and doesn’t require a knife to remove prints like most 3D printers. Using the companion app, kids can choose from ever-expanding toy catalog or create and upload their own designs for infinite possibilities.”
3D Printing Materials Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)
ABS is a petroleum-based plastic. ABS is non-biodegradable. ABS is a strong and durable material. Therefore it is used in various products including protective headgear, golf club heads, carrying cases, enclosures for electronic assemblies, kitchen appliances, and toys including Lego bricks. ABS is soluble in acetone, i.e., nail polish remover.
ABS is extruded at temperatures of 210-250°C. Heating up ABS causes fumes to be released. These fumes are usually tolerable but may cause irritation in people with chemical sensitivities. These fumes include chemicals that are known to be carcinogenic. Therefore, 3D printing using ABS should be performed with caution and in places with adequate ventilation.
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